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Cloudspotting Resources for Schools

These lessons are intended for a wide variety of educators. Some will have more knowledge of clouds than others. We encourage educators to expand or contract lessons as they see fit, which will of course affect the time allocated for each lesson. For example, Lesson 1.2 Ten Main Cloud Types could be broken down into a series of more than one lesson by an educator who already has considerable knowledge about clouds. For those with less experience in this subject, please do not be intimidated. Use the handouts, videos, and lesson plans, and have fun!

We encourage educators to try to incorporate the mindfulness aspects of these lessons even though these will likely not be part of the required curriculum. These are intended to compliment the STEAM content. Expanding the mindfulness elements or separating them out from the other elements of the lessons can work too. The mindfulness videos should be a useful resource for educators who are less experienced in these areas and are introducing mindfulness with their classes for the first time. <Beta-Testers, the mindfulness videos not ready yet>. 

Lesson 1.1

LOOK UP & SEE:
Most people miss the amazing displays of nature present in the sky. Let’s change that!

Lesson 1.2

THE TEN MAIN CLOUDS:
It's time we got more specific about cloudspotting. Let's learn the ten main types.

Lesson 1.3

CATS, BIRDS & RABBITS:
Let’s find shapes in the clouds and allow our imaginations drift along in the breeze.

Lesson 1.4

HOW TO MAKE A CLOUD:
What are clouds made of and how do they form? It’s time to learn how to cook up a cloud!

Lesson 1.5

A PERFECT CLOUD FOR RAIN:
Why does the water in clouds sometimes fall down to the ground?

Lesson 1.6

SPOTTING RARE AND EXTRA-SPECIAL CLOUDS:
Now we start looking at what it is to be an expert cloudspotter. It's easy to become one if you pay attention to the sky each day.